Well, this isn’t going well. There are a few problems with my goal, one of which is that scenes are being melded together and split apart and ARGH.
I don’t really have much to say right now, except working hard and oy. I feel like I need to complete a story, all of a sudden, before I can get to the next one. I need to figure out how my characters work, how their backgrounds work, and most of all, how it makes sense that they got to where they are. Still, I’ve outlined my way there, so maybe I don’t need to?
Origin stories sometimes don’t work out so well, but I have a killer-ish first scene, and it would be a shame to let that fall to waste.
Argh, choices. And I’m too immature a writer to know exactly what to do. >.<
I've been reading short stories in my non-writing time, and it's helping with the writing blocks, somewhat, save when I go, "Wow, I will NEVER write that well." I'm analyzing what works and what doesn't, and it's helping a little.
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You have a story in your head. It’s about________. Can you TELL someone the story, what it is you’re trying to do? Not sure that will help – but I remember being in a hospital bed and telling my roommate (who unwisely asked) all about the novel I’ve been working on for a long time now – and trying to tell her the story, making sure she understood, and then answering her questions made it all hang together very nicely.
We all have a bit of the natural storyteller in us – but writers don’t write with a live audience member sitting in front of them.
The first time I compared a scene I had written with what was in my head, the shock was enormous: they were nothing alike. It’s gotten better.
But when you tell the story to another person, you can see how they are taking your words, and they can ask questions, and the story transfers better.
Checking in on you from time to time – glad you’re still writing – don’t worry so hard about it! It will come. If not, something else will. You’re obviously a storyteller. Your writing is coherent and lucid in your posts – you have no trouble making yourself understood. I think from your words you are young – give yourself time. Don’t judge. Cut yourself slack. And the stories will get out.
Have just had a lively battle with my right brain and my left brain – we won. They have agreed to cooperate. They have agreed to take turns instead of both trying to outshout each other so neither got any work done. Writing going much better now. I’d post it, but it’s in longhand in my writing journal, and it is LONG. You are a writer and a tech person – maybe you have the same kind of battles? The basic point is: don’t edit/judge what you write too much as you write it – it cuts off the necessary flow. But you have to let your more analytical side have its time, too, or the right brain stuff has no scaffolding, and runs amuck.
Sorry – this is more about me than about you, but perhaps some of it might fit – I have a similar writer/tech combination.
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